Studying abroad in Europe is an extremely unique opportunity. Whether you are based in France, Italy, Spain, or another European country, there are endless sights to see and places to explore in your local area. That being said, I would definitely recommend traveling to other countries as well, as each place has something new to offer. In my experience abroad thus far, I have been lucky enough to visit some really amazing places, and I have composed a list of my top 5 must-see places while studying abroad in Europe. My list may be slightly biased, as I am based in Rome, but nonetheless, here it is:
5. Lake Como
After visiting Lake Como for one day, I can truly say it is one of the prettiest bodies of water I have ever seen. Surrounded by a jaw-dropping mountainous landscape, the clear, blue water is accompanied by families of swans and tons of fish. The lake’s coast stretches along with many other nearby towns as well. These towns are easily accessible by ferry, which if you ask me, is an excursion in itself. Don’t overlook Lake Como–it is so worth the visit!
When people think of Greece, they tend to think of the Greek islands like Santorini or Mykonos. While those are surely beautiful areas, Athens has much to offer as well. Athens is home to many historical sites on the Acropolis such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. These sights can be viewed up close by purchasing a museum ticket, as well as from various viewpoints across the city. I would recommend taking a short hike up Filopappou Hill in Athens to take in views of the entire city that reach as far as the Aegean sea.
3. Amalfi Coast
Harry Styles filmed his “Golden” music video here, need I say more? On a more serious note, the Amalfi Coast is an incredible area with gorgeous beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Amalfi is the birthplace of limoncello, and it is also known for its handmade paper called bambagina. The bus system is very convenient and allows you to visit other picturesque towns such as Positano and Sorrento. If you have the ability to visit the Amalfi coast while abroad, I can definitely say it is well worth your time.
Prague is such a lively city. The bright colors, friendly people, and nonstop activities make it feel like a town straight out of a storybook. There are tons of young people around the main square and it has a great scene for nightlife. During the day, there is no shortage of sites to see such as the Charles Bridge which connects the Prague Castle to the city’s Old Town. Prague is such a fun place to be, definitely try to add it to your itinerary one day!
You know the song “Perfect Places” by Lorde? That’s how Amsterdam makes me feel. I could probably write an entire dissertation on it. The people there are so genuinely kind. The houses on the street are so cute and beautifully framed by the canals which run throughout the entire city. There are tons of bikers, parks, and restaurants that all have their own aesthetic and delicious options to try. The Van Gogh Museum is so charming and perfect for art lovers. If you want to visit the Anne Frank house, I would advise you to book tickets far in advance as they sell out very quickly. I could go on reminiscing about this amazing city, but when it comes down to it, you just have to see for yourself. Visit Amsterdam, just do it; you will not regret it!
Bailey is a Spring 2022 Rome student from Emmanuel College.